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TRAGEDIE Q&A
Posted By : Laura Holness
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Posted Date : October 30th, 2020
We caught up with Berlin-based duo, Teenage Mutants, to chat about the launch of their new label TRAGEDIE. Formed in collaboration with Ersin Akgul, the label's sound will combine epic emotions with straight beats, without forgetting the origins of techno. Take a read as we discuss the inspiration behind the label and 'What We Think' - the collaboration with Giorgia Angiuli which forms the label's debut release.

Buy/Stream: Teenage Mutants & Giorgia Angiuli - 'What We Think'

Q1. For those that don't know, tell us a little bit about how the label was formed and the inspiration behind it?

The label was formed by us (Teenage Mutants) and Ersin Akgul (head of VERBOTEN Agency). The main idea was to release our music as much as we want without any limitations or restrictions from other labels. In short, feel with a little bit more of freedom.

Q2. What would you say sets TRAGEDIE apart from other labels?

I think in general most labels have the same goals - become the best sold and most famous one? For us, it's just about the music. If we don't become famous that's ok - as long we get good feedback and our music gets heard.

Q3. Is it important for artists to develop their own brand or label right now?

I don't know what time should be good to start a label. If you take a look at the sales part, the current situation won't help to get good sales. We had some creative fights with our labels to be honest - they wouldn't let us release the music that we feel and love, and sent totally simple feedback that we felt just wouldn't work. With TRAGEDIE, we are in full creative control.


Q4. The music industry has been heavily impacted by the pandemic - has the current situation caused you to change your label launch strategy at all?

Not really. We set up the idea end of 2019 and the only thing that changed was our budget for the label. We cut it by around 25%.

Q5. TRAGEDIE's first release - 'What We Think' - is a collaboration with the incredible Giorgia Angiuli - how would you describe the track to someone who hasn't yet heard it?

The track takes you back to mid-2000s - far away from the Top 10 Techno you will hear at the moment. It's a heavy journey straight to the most demanding dancefloor!

Q6. How did the recording and collaboration process on this release work during a pandemic?

Really simple: sending stuff by mail. Back and forth.

Q7. Do you find yourself making music for dancefloors still, or have you had a chance to explore some different production styles over the last few months?

After 7 years of releasing music from deep to tech house, from melodic techno to peak time techno - we had all chances to explore our music. At the moment we focus only on techno.

Q8. We've seen the scene come together and support each other in some amazing ways this summer - what do you think labels and artists can be doing to help each other as we move into 2021?

It's hard to say. Most of the label heads are losing a bit of control. Enjoying the free time and yeah forget a bit about the labels - some artists as well. I can't give any advice at the moment.

Q9. And finally, what's in the pipeline for the label over the coming months?

We have a really strong Teenage Mutants EP coming end of November + a remix EP from 'WHAT WE THINK' dropping in December with remixes from LUNAR PLANE + OSCAR L

 

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